Soul Return
Drawing  2012


Having centred my attention on the poet Fernando Pessoa dislike of being photographed, my aim was to use these drawings, which, in a way, were used to symbolically retrieve the “stolen” soul. This repulsion of being photographed, according to Maria José de Lancastre in her book Fernando Pessoa – a photo biography: “This is a fact that does not belong to his philosophical vision of the world, as far as esoterism or witchcraft are concerned – something that has slightly to do with some primitive beliefs: the fear that being photographed may steal their souls.”

Curiously and paradoxically, the use of the photographic memory vehicle has allowed me to unveil his interior soul in these drawings and, at the same time, these drawings offered the inevitable access to a closer sphere of the poet’s interiority.










©ROGÉRIO PAULO DA SILVA STUDIO, LISBON, PORTUGAL